According to a forecast by PWC, the emerging global market for business services using drones is valued at over $127 bn with this figure being the value of current business services and labour that are likely to be replaced in the very near future by drone powered solutions.
The drone revolution is disrupting industries such as agriculture, cell phone services, construction, renewables, oil and filmmaking. The graphic below from the PWC report shows some of the major sectors affected:
Drones are also ideal tools for creating maps, aerial surveys and for the inspection of assets. There is no need to erect expensive scaffolding plus, drones can usually be deployed faster and be more flexible than mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).
The term drone typically refers to a pilotless aircraft that operates through a combination of technologies, including computer vision, artificial intelligence, object avoidance tech, and others. These are more properly called Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or sometimes a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) But drones can also be ground, sea or space vehicles that operate autonomously or semi-autonomously.